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  • Syntec Optics Unveils Cleanroom

Photonics.com
Jan 2010
Custom polymer optics maker Syntec Optics unveiled its new Class 10,000 cleanroom at its Pavilion, N.Y., headquarters today. The cleanroom will be used for assembly and testing of precision polymer and glass optical systems that are highly sensitive to environmental particulate, the company said. “...we now have the capabilities to take on new projects that require the purest of production and testing processes," said Lori Steffenilla, vice president of manufacturing operations. "This is especially key for us as we continue to grow in the medical, biometrics, and defense industries where precision, superior function, and reliability are critical.” The company said the cleanroom will allow it to expand its customer base while strengthening Syntec's position as a contract manufacturing services provider.


GLOSSARY
cleanroom
An area in which airborne particulates can be monitored and controlled so that given size particles do not exceed a specified concentration, thereby eliminating potential dysfunctions in gyroscopes, ball bearings and other materials and lubricants.
glass
A noncrystalline, inorganic mixture of various metallic oxides fused by heating with glassifiers such as silica, or boric or phosphoric oxides. Common window or bottle glass is a mixture of soda, lime and sand, melted and cast, rolled or blown to shape. Most glasses are transparent in the visible spectrum and up to about 2.5 µm in the infrared, but some are opaque such as natural obsidian; these are, nevertheless, useful as mirror blanks. Traces of some elements such as cobalt, copper and...
optical
Pertaining to optics and the phenomena of light.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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